NATO oil tanker attacked in Pakistan, driver killed

Security forces blame Taliban rebels for the attack on a NATO tanker en route to Afghanistan.

NATO oil tanker attacked in Pakistan, driver killed

World Bulletin / News Desk

Suspected Taliban rebels killed the driver of a NATO oil tanker they set on fire on Friday in Pakistan's southwestern Bolan district, officials said.

"The oil tanker was on its way to southern Afghanistan via Chaman Border when it was intercepted at Dhadar. Armed attackers set it on fire and killed the driver," Abdul Wasey, a spokesman for the Frontier Constabulary paramilitary forces, told The Anadolu Agency.

NATO transports 70 to 80 percent of its supplies to war-stricken Afghanistan via the northeastern Torkham and southwestern Chaman borders.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at Dhadar town, the capital of Bolan District located 125 kilometers from Quetta, the capital of mineral-rich Balochistan Province that borders Iran and Afghanistan.

However, security forces blame Taliban militants who have been attacking NATO convoys across Pakistan for the last decade.

Dozens of containers and oil tankers have been charred and looted, and over two dozen crew members killed, in Balochistan’s eastern districts over the last seven years.

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